After a two-year hiatus, the EU-China Civil Society Round Table held its annual meeting in hybrid format on 14 December. The Round Table allowed participants to hold an open exchange on post-COVID economic recovery and possible EU-China cooperation without omitting difficult questions.
The December plenary of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) hosted a debate with Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, and Maroš Šefčovič, European Commission Vice-President for Interinstitutional Relations and Foresight. The discussions, focusing on the EU's priorities for recovery and the European Commission's 2022 Work Programme, highlighted the desire to continue the excellent cooperation between the two institutions.
The EU is transitioning from a model driven by growth to one predicated on sustainability, where the real level of well-being and development of our society is taken into account.
On 9 December the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) awarded prizes to five non-profit organisations and associations whose creative and inspiring climate projects promote a just and green transition towards a low-carbon, climate-resilient economy.
The European Economic and Social Committee launched its vaccination campaign at the December plenary session. EESC President Christa Schweng strongly believes that "No one will be safe from #Covid19 until everybody is safe.
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is this year rewarding outstanding climate projects that demonstrate the commitment of civil society to a just and green transition
A two-day seminar in Poland, in the city of Lublin, co-hosted by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and the Mayor of Lublin, heard how important it was for public authorities and organised civil society to work together to provide effective services meeting basic needs such as health and social care.
The EESC welcomes the European Semester Autumn Package published today by the European Commission. The Committee will provide its input to the EU institutions by an opinion to be adopted in February 2022, ahead of the Spring European Council.
The annual meeting of the EESC and the EU's national Economic and Social Councils stressed the importance of participatory democracy in making the EU stronger and future‑proof and called for real change as a result of the Conference on the Future of Europe.
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) hopes its seminar, which focused on some of the most pressing issues faced by Europeans today, will encourage people to share their ideas and concerns on the Conference on the Future of Europe's online space, making it a true democratic exercise and helping to build a more positive narrative for Europe